Lock Haven, Pennsylvania: Piper Cub Airplane MuseumA celebration of the little airplane that every suburban family was going to have in their garage after World War II (if they didn't have a personal helicopter).
Piper Aviation Museum
- One Piper Way, Lock Haven, PA
- Piper Aviation Museum. I-80 exit 178. Drive north on US Hwy 220 about eight miles. At the Lock Haven exit, turn left (west) onto US Hwy 120/Jay St. to the Walnut St. exit (right lane). At the bottom of the ramp look for the gold and black Piper Aviation Museum sign pointing right. Follow signs to the museum. Use parking spaces painted yellow in the first row facing the museum. No restrictions on weekend. Or, if you have a plane, you can just fly here.
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Piper Cub Airplane Museum
Stopped here and was pleased with the campy celebration of the Piper Aircraft Company. Piper produced the famous Cub scout plane for the military during World War II, then went on to popularize general aviation for the masses. Their models sported now-politically-incorrect names such as Apache, Cherokee, and my favorite, the Papoose.
The displays include lots of typewritten and handmade charts, exhibits on experimental designs, contribution to the war effort and cool ads of their planes for businessmen and housewives. There is a hangar on the first floor with a dozen or so examples of their most popular models. It includes a well-worn demonstrator cabin used to sell a business model aircraft (roped off so you can't climb in it any more). You can, for an extra five bucks, climb into a Tomahawk trainer rigged as a simulator. The only thing missing are showroom dummies in flight garb.
Admission is six bucks, a fair price for a heaping helping of Americana.[Roger Crook, 05/21/2012]